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Head-on collision on I-64 kills two in Albemarle County

Anyone who has traveled on the interstate system in Virginia has seen the crossover lanes marked with the red "O" with a slash through it. Most motorists know that the sign prohibits vehicles from using the crossover. In a recent car accident in Albemarle County, a driver attempting to avoid police ignored such a sign and ended up killing himself and another driver in a head-on crash.

At about 6:00 a.m. on July 16, police received reports of an Isuzu pickup being driven erratically in the westbound lanes of I-64. Troopers soon caught up with the truck, but the driver used an emergency crossover to enter the eastbound lanes. After traveling west in the eastbound lane for a few moments, the pickup truck crashed into an eastbound sedan. Both vehicles then struck an eastbound truck.

Both the driver of the Isuzu pickup and the sedan were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second truck was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries. Police have not announced a reason for the pickup truck driver's erratic driving or his decision to use the emergency crossover to enter the east bound lanes of the freeway.

Sorting out liability in this accident could be complex. An initial inquiry will look at whether the pickup truck was owned by its driver or another party. If the truck was owned by a business, that business may be held liable for the death of the woman in the sedan. A second question is whether the driver of the pickup truck had been using alcohol or some form of drugs that impaired his ability to operate a motor vehicle. If the answer to this question is "yes," the police will attempt to determine who provided the alcohol or drugs. Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar accident may which to consult a personal injury lawyer for advice on legal strategies and the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expense, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: NBC29, "Virginia State Police Investigate Fatal Crash on I-64 in Albemarle County," July 17, 2017

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